BBG&CS: Sooners, Stars, Scott & Sault Ste. Marie

Photo courtesy of Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved.

“While the Stars have not had many opportunities to garner blue-chip prospects, the amount of quality depth in the organization is top-notch and impressive. They may have less future number-one defensemen and franchise forwards than another team, but GM Joe Nieuwendyk could easily challenge most of the league’s clubs in terms of future top-six forwards and NHL-caliber defensemen.” – via Hockey’s Future

“This 2012-2013 season marks the 10th season of ACHA Sooner hockey. Nine of those years at the Division I level, their first year in the league starting at Division II. The Sooners enjoyed a quick and early success on the ice, making the ACHA Nationals tournament in their third year. This past season was the 7th consecutive trip. They may have not yet won the coveted Murdoch Cup, but everyone in and around the ACHA, not to mention wearing a crimson and cream jersey, fully expect this year to be THE year. Especially after such a disappointing, very hotly contested and controversial loss to Penn St. The Sooners will face Penn St. at the end of the regular season this year, but since Penn has moved up into the NCAA, OU will not have to worry about being cheated of a national title again.” – via Puckchk

The Artful Puck blog has a pretty solid multi-part interview with Barons GM, Bill Scott this week. Check it out! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

“Hockey continues to grow by leaps and bounds across the United States. At this year’s NHL Draft, left wing Nicolas Kerdiles joined fellow forward Emerson Etem as the second player from Southern California to be selected by the Anaheim Ducks. Late last season, New York Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan became the first player from Oklahoma to reach the NHL, just a couple of months before the Stanley Cup Final featured two American-born captains for the first time in history.” – via

“Everything from geographical to us having Detroit’s farm team in our division, so that’s kinda cool. It’s not that is how they align the divisions, but it just makes sense. Charlotte is a great stop, and we still get to go there once, but it doesn’t make sense to have them in the Midwest Division. It’s not fair to them and their fans, and not like Houston, San Antonio, Texas and Oklahoma City are any closer than Chicago, Peoria and Milwaukee are, but it’s hard to boast a rivalry with Rockford or Peoria when you are in Charlotte, N.C. It’s a work in progress, and the league is playing the hand they are dealt, and it worked last year. Charlotte has to travel regardless, and it makes sense to have them hit the teams in that area and knock off three to four games at a time. Now, it makes even more sense the way we have it.” – via Rock River Times

“Omark was offered a new deal by the Oilers, but it was two-way and for minimal money to play in Oklahoma City if he didn’t make the NHL club. “Linus’s goal is still to play in the National Hockey League,” his agent Kevin Epp said Wednesday. “If there’s going to be a work stoppage (NHL), he wants to play somewhere, and he felt it was best to get to a team right now and to play a lot.”” – via

“The Oklahoma City Barons and SMG are creating new menus for the Blue Line Club at the Barons games. Since the menus are being re-made, fans have the opportunity to assist us in picking names for some of the dishes available during the games.” – via OKC Barons

“Morin said he also learned much from Team Canada coaches, which included head coach Gerry Fleming, an assistant coach with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons, and Wally Kozak, who won gold with the national women’s hockey team.” – via Sault Star

[box type=”note”]You know that place in The Daily Oklahoman? The one between Big Game & Club Soccer? That’s where you may find some Barons coverage. For the rest of the news, check out BBG&CS every weekend. [/box]